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My husband and I love to make soups and stews in the winter, and this is a recipe I devised through trial and error. It’s very forgiving, as most soups are, and can be adapted to suit your own taste. I don’t like a lot of salt, so we usually start with low-sodium ingredients and then adjust the salt at serving.


  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 2 ribs celery, minced
  • 4 or 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 carrots, finely diced
  • 2 (10-oz) cans cream of tomato soup, undiluted
  • 1 (32-oz) box chicken broth
  • 1 (15-oz) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 (15-oz) can whole kernel white corn, drained
  • 2 (15-oz) cans white beans, drained
  • 1/4 C chopped fresh (or 1 t dried) parsley, more or less as desired
  • 1/4 C chopped fresh (or 1 t dried) basil, more or less as desired
  • 2 t Italian seasoning, more or less as desired
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • Parmesan cheese for garnish


  • Heat oil in soup pot. Add onion, celery and garlic; cook until tender. Add carrots. Whisk in tomato soup and broth. Add tomatoes, corn and beans. Stir in herbs and seasonings. Simmer for about an hour; refrigerate for several hours or overnight, allowing flavors to blend. Reheat to serve.
  • Grate parmesan cheese on top at serving if desired.
  • Serve with warm garlic bread.

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